The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team
I stole this template from the Bout of Books website because they said I could if I provided a link back to them. I think it's a good template because otherwise I'd have no idea about where to begin...
Time Devoted to Reading
I want to spend more time reading each day of the week for this Readathon. I don't have a concrete number because I just don't know what exactly what next week will entail. But I think it's realistic to say that on most days, I should be able to get at least two hours of reading in. However, I don't know what kind of curveballs life is going to throw next week.
- I am going to be vague here--my goal is just to read more this week and watch less TV.
- If I can finish two of the books below, I will be a happy camper. If I finish more, I will be a very happy camper. If I just wind up reading a lot from several books, then that's OK too.
- I want to read a variety, which is why I've picked novels, non-fiction, essays, poetry, short stories, and novellas.
Saturday also was not the best reading day for me. It had so much promise. I was going to stay home all day and read while Zach was at a bachelor party, then possibly go to a friend's house for supper and a move. Then we got a curveball--on the way out of town, Zach's car got a flat, so the guys had to take a different vehicle, and I took his car to get fixed. Then the friend and I figured that since we were already out, we may as well have a girls' afternoon. I got home around 4:30 and had to finish doing the laundry. I turned on the TV to see if I could find Almost Famous...then I kind of got sucked into an NCIS marathon.
I did, however, make some progress with The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter before all of this happened. I love that book. I'm about 50 pages in. I love how McCullers is able to just completely describe the atmosphere in a way that I can feel the heat dripping off of me.
Friday wasn't the best reading day for me. I was really pretty busy most of the day--We went to The Great Gatsby, had a bit of a break, then picked up pizzas and went to a baseball game with some friends. However, I DID read a fantastic Joan Didion essay called "On Keeping a Notebook." It was perfect. The essay is in the middle of the book, so I totally skipped ahead. But I saw a lot in it that rang totally true for myself about why I carry this ridiculous little notebook around with me wherever I go, even in a little clutch for date night. Can't help it. Anyway, I am so happy that I was introduced to Didion and I cannot wait to read more of her work. I really want to watch Almost Famous right now. Alas, my copy of the DVD is in Tulsa. Basically, I would officially love to write like Didion. She is so honest and raw and accessible, but totally smart and exotic. So cool.
This was another great day of reading for me. After work, I plowed through the end of All the Summer Girls. Well...I took a two-ish hour break to watch the series finale of The Office...but other than that I read Thursday afternoon and night. I really enjoyed the book, but you'll have to read my review about it tomorrow on the Broke and the Bookish. It was really the kind of book that I needed to read at the time.
What a wonderful day of reading! After work, I picked up All the Summer Girls by Meg Donohue, which is an ARC I'll be reviewing at Broke and Bookish on Sunday. I read about half of the book yesterday. It was just what I needed to be reading! It was the only thing I read yesterday. It feels like it has been such a long time since I was so engrossed in a novel, but then I remember what happened with Bridget Jones a few weeks ago. Abandoning my list really was a great idea. I let me mind wander to what I wanted to be reading and picked up something I couldn't put down.
I still hope to spend time reading some/any of the books on my list before the end of Saturday, but we'll see. A couple of them are still whispering to me, but it is just that--a whisper, not a call. We shall see what transpires. I am definitely excited to be picking up momentum and blocking out everything else. :)
I did much better with my reading on Tuesday--no naps! After work and lunch, I started reading Marilyn Monroe by Barbara Leaming, thus abandoning my list (hence the strikethrough above). I think I feel OK with this. I really wanted to make progress on those books, but I think the more important thing is to make progress on any books that make me want to read instead of do other things. I read the first few chapters of the Marilyn biography yesterday. I've read this biography before and I think it paints a really deep picture of such a tortured individual. I am looking forward to making progress on a re-read. I took a break for a few hours to go to my friends' son's t-ball game. (He did really well, so I'd say it was worth it) I haven't been tracking how many pages I've read total--too much work--but I feel like I'm doing all right considering how much I have had going on. I really hope to have much more to report about my Wednesday reading.
I didn't do so hot with my reading on Monday. I worked from 8:00-1:00, came home, had lunch, and fell asleep for three hours. Then I got up and loafed around for a bit, actually did some reading, and then fell asleep at my usual time. All in all, I read the introduction to two of my non-fiction books--the Duncan and the Didion--and a few chapters of Forster. I am not thrilled with my progress, but I really needed to catch up on my sleep, so I'll let it slide. I kind of figured that this would wind up happening. Time to read...